Ranthambore was declared a game sanctuary in 1955. After some years in 1980, it became a national park. Situated in Eastern Rajasthan, where the Aravali Hill ranges and the Vindhya plateau meet, the Ranthambhore National Park was once the hunting preserve of the erstwhile Maharajas of Jaipur. The rivers Chambal in the South and Banas in the North bound the Ranthambore National Park.

One can have the glimpses of bygone era at Ranthambore in as numerous picturesque ruins dot the wildlife park. There are lake palaces, 'chhatris', old fortifications and a majestic 1,000-year-old fort, overlooking the park. Six man made lakes are the central focus of the park and many perennial streams criss-cross the entire park. The Ranthambore National Park has internal drainage and has no link up with any river system, even though two rivers bound the Park in it's north and south side. The park stands as a model of conservation for tigers. It is an ideal place to watch the hide and seek played by various wild animals.

One can easily spot tigers, Antelopes, Nilgai, Sambhar, chital, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Porcupines and Jackals, Leopard, Jungle Cat and Marsh Crocodile. For a relatively small area, the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora - species list includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, and 12 reptiles including the Marsh Crocodile & amphibians as also 30 mammals. The water bodies of the park blooming with water lilies and lotuses are an added attraction of Ranthambore. Besides this, it has a sizeable bird population, both resident and migratory.

Attractions in Ranthambore

What one can do in Ranthambore

One can tour the park by a jeep or a lorry. One can shoot the wild animals by camera and it will be really a thrilling experience. It is advisable to stick to the allocated route, and follow the experienced tips from the guide.

How To Reach

The nearest airport is that of Jaipur, which is about 145 km away. There are regular flights of various airlines to this place. From Jaipur one has to take the road to access the national park. The nearest city to the park is Sawai Madhopur. This place also provides the nearest railhead for the national park. It is 11 km from Ranthambore. Make sure about the trains if you are planning to reach the place by rail.

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